The Copper Lantern | Rhode Island | Airbnb

Monday, October 31, 2016

What a way to celebrate our one year anniversary and my Halloween birthday!  My husband and I have been up to our eye balls in work which is a good thing.  No complaints other than finding time to spend with one another would be a bonus, so this weekend, we did just that.  Unplugged for the most part, slept in, read books, sipped coffee and had an adventurous Rhode Island coastal tour letting our hearts lead the way.  We love going down new roads and exploring places we've never been,  imagining what it's like to live in the places we visit.  I was really impressed with all the land trusts and farmlands along the coast.  The houses were spread out between woods, farm and coastal, just perfect without urban sprawl.

I have so much catching up to do from former trips we've taken and more to come from this New England gem.  For now, visit the lovely Copper Lantern in Middletown, RI, minutes from Newport and all the pretty countryside. 

Speaking of countryside, it so happens that I was reading a book by author, Michelle Maingot Cabral called "Walking Away - Waking up from The American Dream."  She is friends with my parents and they gifted us the book to read.  A former Rhode Island native, she and her husband moved north to the great woods of Maine to live off the grid.  I would highly recommend this book if you are looking to unplug.

The Copper Lantern is over 200 years old, very comfortable, warm and inviting including our lovely hosts.

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Of Sunsets + Surfers | Encinitas, California

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The ocean is powerful.  It lures you in.  It is a calling to the fearless surfers as they patiently wait for the perfect wave.  An elegance as they dance on the curls of each wave and swim like dolphins, slick and glistening in the sun.  I was intrigued by the surf culture as easily as it is to watch the sun set each night.  It is an ancient ritual drawing people to the ocean's edge to watch as another day passes with hopes for tomorrow.  I say my gratitude prayers for the day and pray I will see the sun again tomorrow.  Each day a gift, not to be taken for granted.  My eyes will never tire of this giant orb powering all life on this blue planet.

Desert Dreaming | Spring Blooms in Joshua Tree, California

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

So on this fourth consecutive day of rain in Connecticut, I bring you to the desert to experience the warm glow of the sun, the rugged terrain and the promise of new life despite the adversities that arise.  California desert was calling this New England native.   I had always wanted to go to Joshua Tree National Park and thanks to my friends, we had that opportunity. 

California has been in serious drought for over 4 years, the wildfires have increased every year, I was amazed to see green and spring blooms despite the lack of rain.  Our environment is precious and nature is where it's at.  No matter where you live, get out and enjoy it.  Explore, adventure, build a relationship with the plant and tree kingdom.  All your cares will wash away, I promise.  Get grounded in nature.

May you find hope, beauty and nourishment for your soul.  More California lifestyle photos coming your way.  Stay tuned for camping, climbing sunsets, surfing and sea creatures, oh my!

In the meantime, stop by my Society6 artist page and bring nature into your home decor.